They landed at El Cajon’s Gillespie Field in San Diego after getting out of the way of Hurricane Delta in Louisiana. Nola, Gumbo, Saint and others. Close to 90 dogs saved from the storm by Wings of Rescue.
Now being looked after by the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, the San Diego Humane Society, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and the Labradors and Friends rescue group, some the dogs are looking for new homes.
This is the second Wings of Rescue mission to bring adoptable pets to San Diego in just a few months. According to the San Diego Union-Tribute, around 100 dogs and cats were previously flown in from southeastern states in the path of Hurricane Laura. Many of the rescued animals had spent at least a year in shelters before they were rescued. Some of them have been adopted out, but a few still need homes.
“People naturally have a soft spot in their hearts for animals saved from disaster,” said Animal Services Director Kelly Campbell, “and I would love for us to have people who are interested to have the opportunity to help these dogs.”
Upon arrival, the dogs are given veterinary treatment and any necessary care. Louisiana and Mississippi having higher mosquito populations as well as hurricanes, many of the dogs needed heartworm medication, without which they could die.
It’s not easy for dogs with this disease to be very active. Whoever adopts them will need to provide extra snuggles during those first few weeks.
“They just need a calm place to chill and relax,” Campbell said.
This rescue was made possible by the volunteer-led Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit that flies pets from danger or areas where they will most likely be placed in a high-kill shelter to no-kill shelters around the country.
GreaterGood recently worked with Wings of Rescue, partnering with Hawaii’s emergency agencies and local shelters, to evacuate 600 stranded animals from island shelters on a chartered C-130 cargo plane.
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